Hospital boss -- Ontario Budget means double the cuts

The CEO of the Windsor Regional Hospital says the hospital will have to cut $4 million in hospital expenses as a result of the recent Ontario provincial Budget. (The Budget froze global hospital budgets.)  He had been planning to cut $2 million, apparently with the expectation that the Budget would provide some growth in global budgets this year. 

"How can we find those savings without reducing existing services or reducing staff?" he asked.

The hospital boss, David Musyj, called on the government to help move surgeries out of hospitals and into clinics, and introduce legislation preventing arbitrators from awarding wage increases hospitals 'can't afford,' CBC reports.

While hospital global budgets were frozen by the Budget, the government promised to increase hospital funding 2%.   As is typical, the Liberal government has left the details of the new funding vague for now.  Still, total hospital funding increases are well less than half of last year's -- and far behind cost pressures. 

Similar cuts from other hospitals are coming.  

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